Medway is the biggest regeneration zone within the Thames Gateway.

It has easy rail links to and from central London, which is only 30 miles away. Medway is 40 miles from the towns on the Kent coast and there is easy access to Paris and Northern France. 

Bluewater, one of Europe's largest shopping centres, and Westfield Shopping Centre are both within easy reach.

Medway has a rich and interesting history with historic attractions including Chatham Dockyard, Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral. As well as sites from the stories of Charles Dickens.

The Dickens Festival and Rochester Sweeps Festival, which happen twice a year, attracts visitors from all over the world.

Medway has a population of 274,000 and is near the countryside. Both the North Downs Way and the Wealdway pass through Medway showcasing the beautiful landscapes in the South of England. 

Medway’s economy is worth £4.8bn, with a growth rate ahead of the rest of the UK. The projected growth in Medway’s economy is helped by Medway’s geographical position, benefiting from comprehensive transport links within the UK and Europe.

Medway enjoys a rich heritage, diverse population, varied landscapes and a promising future with opportunities for growth and development. It is the combination of these elements that makes Medway a unique and special place to live, work and visit.

House prices in Medway are some of the most competitive in the south east of England.

Read more about Medway the place (Pdf).

Travel in Medway

Medway is well connected to the rest of south east England and the rest of the country.


Medway can easily be reached using major motorways.

From north, south and west via M25/A2/M2 from junctions 1 to 4. From London via M25, M26, or M20 junctions 4 for A228 or 6 for A229.


Train services in Medway are operated by Southeastern.

Medway has five main rail stations:

  • Strood
  • Rochester
  • Chatham
  • Gillingham
  • Rainham

London Victoria, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge provide regular services to Chatham and takes about 55 minutes.

There are also regular high speed trains (HS1) from London St Pancras Station to Chatham taking just 40 minutes.

Castle in Medway by the river